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The key to successful leash training a puppy is consistency and
just like anything else, lot's of practice, a bit of patience also helps.

Puppy Leash Training: The Easy Way

Once your puppy is a few months old it is time to start
puppy leash training. Training your puppy to walk on a leash
and do what you want is a lifelong skill that it will need.
Teaching it when a dog is still a pup is much easier and it
will get the hang of what you want from it pretty quickly.
This is especially important with large dog breeds as a
nearly grown dog of a large breed, if untrained, can often
walk the owner rather than being walked itself, and small
breeds are harder to train as adults, so puppyhood is the
best time to train them.

The goal of leash training is to make sure you are in
control when you take your puppy or dog out in public. To
get started you will need to buy a collar and leash set.
There are many different options available and they all work
a little differently. Consult your veterinarian or breeder
as to what type should work best for you and your dog.

Starting out with a shorter leash at first will help with
training. A retractable leash is usually fine too, just
start with it out four to six feet and then lengthen it as
your dog starts to understand what you want from it. You
should be focused on three things: making the puppy walk by
your side, stopping on command and not allowing the dog to
pull you on the walk.

Once you have your leash and dog collar set properly put on, you
are ready to head out with your puppy. Take a handful of
dog treats in your pocket so you can reward and praise it for
good behavior. If the puppy is very young the first training
session should be short, lasting about 10 minutes. For older
dogs you can judge by how much the dog is enjoying the walk.
Try to keep the walk fun for you both.

Start by walking outside and getting your dog to sit down
next to you. Next give it the command you plan to use when
it is time to move. This could be something like "Let's Go
Fido," or "Walk Fido." The command doesn't really matter,
what matters is that you use the same command each time and
associate it with moving forward.

When your dog does the behavior you ask for, be sure to give
it praise. A treat goes a long way with most dogs too. When
walking do not allow the dog enough leash to get ahead of
you, its position is to be right next to your left leg.

Once you have walked a bit you need to start practicing
having the dog stop on command. Again, pick a command and
stick with it ...if you are walking and your dog stops on
its own, give the command, it will help it with association.
This is also a good technique for teaching the command to
sit ...every time the dog sits give the command, even if it
did it on its own.

Repeat these steps daily and in no time your puppy will have
perfect leash etiquette.

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